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In the heat of the summer, what's better than sitting down to a nice cool glass of sweet sparkling cranberry lemonade? This homemade Cranberry Lemonade Recipe is super easy to make, tart, tangy, sweet and oh so refreshing!
Typically, when I think cranberries, I think Thanksgiving. That's because cranberry season is in the fall and fresh cranberries are only available from October through December.
But guys, cranberries are great all year round. Tart, sweet and delicious, they are perfect in this sparkling cranberry lemonade recipe.
I mean, homemade lemonade is already delicious, but once you amp it up with these cranberries, you're going to want to drink this all summer long!
Because fresh cranberries aren't available in July, I used Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries, which made this recipe super easy to make. The cranberries were fresh, tart and firm. Once thawed, it was like I was eating a fresh cranberry.
I also recommend using fresh lemon juice. The bottled lemon juice just doesn't have the same flavor - I actually don't like it at all. Fresh lemons are the way to go!
How Do You Make Sweet Lemonade?
The obvious answer is sugar. However, for this recipe, a combination of honey and sugar is used to sweeten the cranberry lemonade. If you don't want to use honey, you can use all sugar. You can also try using just honey, but I found it was difficult to get it sweet enough due to the tartness of the lemons and cranberries combined.
How Do You Make Sparkling Lemonade?
The key is soda water, seltzer water, or sparkling water. Make your cranberry lemonade ingredients first, and just before serving, combine with the sparkling water.
How to Make Sparkling Cranberry Lemonade
Combine the cranberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add additional sugar to taste if you'd like it sweeter. Remove from heat and strain.
From there it is easy. The syrup can be stored for a later date, or used right away. Fill a glass with ice and fill halfway with sparkling water. Add the syrup to taste and garnish with fresh mint (optional). I like the freshness the mint adds.
Typically, I fill the glass half with sparkling water, half with the syrup.
How to Make Spiked Lemonade
I'm not a drinker myself. But I know you guys are out there. You can add vodka, champagne and/or orange liqueur to make a spiked lemonade spritzer.
It's BBQ season guys! Check out some of these other awesome summer BBQ recipes:
Goat Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Burgers
Grilled Fruit Skewers with Chili Lime Vinaigrette
Grilled Corn with Togarashi Miso Butter
Gochujang Marinated Flat Iron Steak
Roasted Corn and Poblano Macaroni Salad
Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant Skewers
Did you make this cranberry lemonade spritzer? Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out!
Sparkling Cranberry Lemonade
- Combine the cranberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add additional sugar to taste is you'd like it sweeter.
- Remove from heat and strain to make a syrup.
- Fill a glass with ice and fill halfway with sparkling water. Add the syrup to taste and garnish with fresh mint (optional).
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Yum!! I am totally making this recipe. I love fresh lemonade and the addition of cranberries is perfect!!
Thanks Susie! I hope you love it 🙂
Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
Don't you love how we can enjoy cranberries all year round now!? This looks and sounds so refreshing1
I know - what did people do before freezers? LOL!
Chef Markus Mueller
I love cranberries year round too! Great way to use up frozen cranberries in summer though, especially if you had to many fresh cranberries in the fall and had to freeze some!
Your sparkling cranberry lemonade looks delicious and refreshing. I have all the ingredients to make this tomorrow for our bbq. I think a double batch may be in order.
Thanks! I hope you get the chance to make it Heidy!
Cape Cod Select Cranberries sound fabulous! And this lemonade looks perfect to beat the summer heat. Can't wait to try it!
Thanks Kim! The cranberries were perfect to use during non-cranberry season 🙂
This cranberry lemonade must be so refreshing! Perfect for the summer!
Thanks Julia! It's perfect for this crazy heat we're having in SoCal.
I had no idea you could buy frozen cranberries. I have always bought fresh when they were in season. I used the record locator and found they are in several stores near me. I am going to look for them today! This looks so refreshing and would even be perfect with a little vodka for an adult beverage!
It's so convenient to buy then frozen! This would be perfect as an adult beverage - enjoy!